Maria becomes Category 1 hurricane

(WFLA) — Maria has become a Category 1 hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

“Maria has developed in the 7th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ian Oliver and Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve. ” The storm will continue to intensify as it moves towards the Leeward Islands—many of which were hit hard by Irma. The storm will likely reach major hurricane status near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid week.”

The storm is currently about 225 miles east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west-northwest at about 15 mph.

“Long-term forecast models turn the storm north well to the east of Florida but we’ll continue to monitor Maria closely,” said Ian.

Our Storm Team 8 Meteorologists say Maria is a big concern for islands that were recently impacted by Irma.

Early Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said it was still too early to assess any possible impacts, if any, to South Florida.

Several nations are already under watches and warnings.

Hurricane Warning in effect for:

  • Dominica

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for:

  • St. Lucia
  • Saba and St. Eustatius
  • Antigua and Barbuda

Hurricane Watch in effect for:

  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat
  • Guadeloupe
  • Saba and St. Eustatius
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
  • Anguilla

Tropical Storm Watch in effect for:

  • Martinique
  • Barbados
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lee has weakened to a tropical depression.

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